Is The Real Iraq
War Death Toll Hidden?
By James Donahue
July 20, 2005
There is a rumor circulating
broadly across the web that the U. S. Defense Department is involved in a massive cover-up of the real numbers of American
service personnel killed in the Iraqi War.
controversial TRBNews website seems to be a source of a report by Brian Harring that claims the official war death count of
1,769 (as of this date) does not include another 6,210 people who died in flight or after reaching the German hospitals set
up for treating them.
death count from that single war is at or near 9,000 U.S.
soldiers, not the 1,764 dead given in the official military counts.
The Harring story also
reports that a review of foreign news sites indicates that the actual death toll is much higher than the official count. He
also estimates that as of January 1, the numbers of civilian casualties in the war were just under 100,000. A British journalism
site is estimating a lower figure at about 25,000. The government is not keeping score.
Even though this story
is widely being reported in nearly every case it is merely a copy of the original Harring article. Yet there are some reasons
why the report could be given some merit.
First, Harring issued
the information with an appeal to families of the dead to examine the official records and see if their deceased son, daughter
or other relative is counted. He claims to still be researching the statistics and wants to issue a more official record of his findings at a later date.
Secondly, we are acutely
aware these days that the Bush Administration is playing under a code of dirty tricks established by Karl Rove, the guy now
identified as the real brains behind the administration. Rove and many of the other advisors around Bush, especially Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, remember clearly how the high death toll in Vietnam
brought the American people to the streets demanding an end to that conflict.
Remember how press photographers
and reporters were banned from photographing the flag draped caskets bringing war dead home early in the war. It would also
be to the Pentagon’s best interests to keep the actual death toll a secret.
Harring writes: “There
is (an) excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the
dead in Iraq. We have received copies
of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover Air Force Base than are reported officially.
“The educated rumor
is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000. Given the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded,
this elevated death toll is far more realistic,” Harring wrote.
He continued: “In
addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls, at least 5,500 American military personnel have deserted, most in
Ireland but more have escaped to Canada and other European countries, none of whom are inclined to cooperate with
vengeful American authorities.
“That means that
of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded.”
Harring notes that the
high number may also include the large number of suicides occurring among military personnel.